Tania Velez, MD -  - Family Medicine Physician

Velez Family Health

Tania Velez, MD

Family Medicine Physician & Integrative Medicine Provider located in Doctor Phillips, Orlando, FL

Diabetes affects more than 2 million Floridians, and the numbers keep going up. Being told you have diabetes may be unsettling, but with the right help, it’s a very manageable illness. As a family practice physician with a focus on holistic health, Dr. Tania E. Velez at Velez Family Health in the Doctor Phillips area of Orlando, Florida, can help you manage your diabetes. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects your body’s ability to use food as energy. When you eat food, your body turns some of it into glucose, which your cells then use for energy. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, carries the glucose from your bloodstream into your cells.

People with diabetes either don’t make insulin, or the insulin they make doesn’t work properly, causing the glucose to stay in the bloodstream instead of getting to the cells. A blood glucose test may determine if you have diabetes.

What are the types of diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: The body doesn’t produce insulin, most often seen in children and treated with insulin injections
  • Type 2 diabetes: The body can’t use the insulin it makes properly, most often seen in adults and treated with a combination of diet, exercise, and medication

Type 2 diabetes affects more people than Type 1 diabetes. Carrying excess weight and a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Extreme thirst and frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Bruises and cuts that are slow to heal
  • Blurry vision
  • Tingling in your hands or feet

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call the office for an evaluation and a check of your blood sugar. An early diagnosis may help prevent diabetes-related complications such as kidney disease or nerve damage.

How is diabetes managed?

The key to managing diabetes and preventing complications is to get your blood sugar within a normal range. Dr. Velez helps you improve blood sugar with a combination of diet, exercise, and medication.

Because excess weight increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Velez may first suggest simple changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to assist in weight loss, such as the importance of portion control and easy tips to fit in more activity.

Medication is prescribed when needed. Most people with Type 2 diabetes take oral medications. Insulin injections manage Type 1 diabetes.

If you have concerns about diabetes or need help managing your blood sugar, call the office or book an appointment online.